Although most of us (myself included) use
faux greenery and flowers in wreaths and baskets
for door decor, there is something special about
having fresh flowers on your doors occasionally.
Recently, a friend asked me to make fresh flower
arrangements to use on her front doors for a
bridal shower that she was having. I took pictures
of the process to share with you for such a time
as you might want to have fresh flowers for your door, too.
If you want your flowers and greenery to not wilt,
you will need to get floral foam specifically made for fresh
flowers. Look for words like "oasis", "fresh",and "wet".
You will soak the foam in water before beginning.
Beware of words like "desert", "silk",
"dried" on the foam packaging...they will not soak up water
and will not keep the cut ends of your stems wet.
The door hanging containers that I used for this
project were metal baskets that I had purchased at
Hobby Lobby last year and painted over the previous
blue color with whites and creams to use for a wedding.
Trim the wet floral foam to fit in your container...it is very easy to cut.
I like to leave some of the foam sticking above the rim of the container
so that I can angle some stems down slightly and their stems still be in the foam.
Baskets made for hanging on your door will typically
be flat on one side and have a handle. Woven baskets
are also pretty on doors. If you use a woven basket to hold
your flowers, you will need to use moss to hide floral foam.
With so much blooming at this time of the year, you
might have plenty of flowers and greenery in your yard
to use in the door basket that you can just cut.
My friend wanted roses, etc. so I got the flowers at Costco.
I did cut some greenery and bridal wreath (spirea) from the yard also.
With the daisy mums, I cut them at a spot on the stem
where it doubled the amount of stems I had to work with.
The resulting shorter, bunchier flowers were used in the
front of the arrangements and the remaining longer stems
were used for height at the back of the basket.
Always cover the visible wet floral foam with greenery
and/or flowers. Here I am showing the foam in the
back of the basket being covered also since she had
beautiful glass doors and the arrangement would be
seen from both sides.
When you are sticking the stems in the foam, make sure
that you do not push the stems through the foam. The
end of the stem needs to be within the foam to have
a water supply and be able to stay fresh.
We hung the baskets on her door with decorative
door hangers from Michael's.
I had some flowers and greenery left over from
the door baskets so I also made a quick vase
arrangement for the shower.
This arrangement is not that special but I did get some
nice shots of the bridal wreath spirea from my back
yard that was used as greenery with the roses.
My friend reported that since the flower baskets did not get
direct sun on them, that they looked pretty for several days
outside on her door.
Fresh flowers look great on our
front doors any time of year.
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